This weekend UNLV hockey (13-2) travels to Lynchburg, VA to take on Liberty (12-7) in hopes of avenging its only losses this season.
“There’s a certain aspect of, maybe wanting to get a little bit of revenge and I think our guys are gonna be up to the task for sure,” Assistant Coach Nick Robone said. “It’s a great environment. They’re a good team. We should have no problem getting up to these games.”
Rebels v. Flames
The Skatin’ Rebels face off against the Liberty Flames at LaHaye Ice Center on Jan. 20-21, with Friday night featuring a 4 p.m. PST puck drop and a Midnight Madness 9 p.m. PST on Saturday.
The Rebels enter the weekend looking to build their six-game winning streak, coming off a big series against Arizona. UNLV swept the Wildcats with a shutout on the first night.
“It’s really nice to get both those wins under our belts, and moving into Liberty it’s gonna be a whole nother ballgame,” forward Jaedin Ness said. “I think we can work on defensive plays, but we’re pretty much set.”
The two teams last faced off in November, where the Flames handed UNLV its only ACHA losses of the year, outscoring the Rebels 11-4 over the series.
Liberty will host the weekend after two upset losses against Ohio University, getting shutout (7-0) the first night.
With 15 ACHA games in the books, UNLV registered 86 total goals (5.73 per game), while only permitting 32 goals against (2.13 per game).
On the other hand, Liberty has tallied 89 goals (4.68 per game) in 19 ACHA games with 55 goals against (2.89 per game).
“I think we’re a lot more prepared. We underestimated them last time… thought it was going to be an easier game than it was, but we know more of what to expect,” goaltender Landon Pavlisin said. “We’re a lot more motivated. We’re going to work on our systems this week to make sure we have those down to counter [Liberty's].”
Players of Note
Leading Scorer: Cole Wyatt 6-19-25 in 15 games
Top Goal Scorer: Alec Johnson 9 goals in 15 games
Top Goalie: Landon Pavlisin 6-1, .932 SV%, 2.14 GAA
Leading Scorer: Jacob Kalandyk 13-12-25 in 19 games
Top Goal Scorer: Jason Foltz 13 goals in 19 games
Top Goalie: Hunter Virostek 9-5, .915 SV%, 3.08 GAA
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